Novelty Fully Double Dahlia 'Akita'


Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dahlia (DAHL-ya) (Info)
Cultivar: Akita
Hybridized by Konishi
Registered or introduced: 1986
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Flower Size:

Large - 8 to 10 inches (200 to 250 mm) diameter

Bloom Color:



Red, Dark Red



Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Boise, Idaho

Barbourville, Kentucky

Columbia, Maryland

Kahoka, Missouri

Binghamton, New York

Southold, New York

Corvallis, Oregon

Clarksville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Bellevue, Washington

Cathan, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Menasha, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 20, 2017, lancer23 from San Francisco, CA wrote:

I almost put a negative on this cultivar. Mine was purchased at Lowes or Costco so may not be the best place for good cultivar. Its must be some kind of rejects or mass produced #2s. The first yr it gave me like 2 blooms and they were all banned out of shape, stem crooked, flower head deformed, open eyes too soon. Ok, I'll tried it this yr. Its also a very stingy flower producer in a bed of dahlias that got the same treatment and watered regularly. The plant was again weak which produces inconsistent mis-shaped bloom which head was pointing ever which way. When in bud form it was promising and I like the color. Maybe that was the idea of this cultivar but I'm not too keen on it.


On Aug 19, 2010, burningrome from Toronto,
Canada wrote:

Beautiful huge flowers on this dahlia in my Toronto garden...the first year anyway. I bought a big bag of these and Procyon dahlias, all bloomed great the first year. Dug them up and stored them in a cool basement in a open bag of peatmoss. Replanted this year and only the Procyon came back - no Akitas! Maybe they're more susceptible to damage by cold? FYI.


On Jan 28, 2010, Tabacum from Mantua, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

Akita is one tough survivor....Lost some of the tubers to
flooding and managed to salvage three small ones for the
following year....It produced a plant the following year that
was not very big or productive....but, the tubers looked
bigger and healthy, so saved them for 2009.....this time
the tubers rewarded me with some huge fantastic blooms
and a plant that reached 40 inches....the plants had to be
staked, as the flowerheads were heavy....the tubers I dug
up for 2010 are huge! Flowerheads last awhile in a vase,
but short stems require just the right vase for them.....


On Aug 23, 2009, dahlia_fanatic from Corvallis, OR wrote:

This interesting dahlia's blooms have a long life cycle and cut really well. As the blooms age the color fades but remains really pretty. It is a favorite of visitors to my garden.


On Jul 4, 2009, rexian from Columbia, MD wrote:

I am in Maryland. This is a very good cultivar. The flowers look gorgeous and it is truly a "What is that Flower?! - Flower. I believe the one I have is probably called AKITA NO HIKARI. I got it from Walmart (3 tubers for 5 bucks) and it was labeled as AKITA. Anyhow, it was my first Dahlia and I planted it in an 8-inch shallow pot upside down. Well this plant grew really stronger than the others that are really pampered by me. It now has 6 buds. So, I believe, if both Walmart and I could not kill it together by mistakes, everyone else will have pretty decent luck with it.


On Jul 29, 2006, bigcityal from Menasha, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

This as a specimen of a dahlia. Large and deep flowers. Color is very striking and will grab your attention. The massive flower buds are interesting to watch open.
Be prepared to stake this one well and I tied up the flowers as they are heavy and droop some.